Steam's Latest Game Festival Takes On E3 2020

Joanna Estrada
April 16, 2020

Due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, E3 was, of course, canceled in March, and the Steam Game Festival: Summer Edition appears to have jumped in to fill the void and offer indie developers a platform to flaunt their latest wares to the world. However, thanks to Valve and The Game Awards founder and host, Geoff Keighley, games will still be celebrated in full force this summer, with the Steam Games Festival: Summer Edition. Today the announcement of the Steam Game Festival: Summer Edition is the first preview of what's coming together.

Once again, Steam users will be able to download and play a selection of demos, which will be removed from the libraries after the holidays are over. Valve is also compiling a public calendar of live events, whether via live stream, chat, or community center, for those developers who want to connect more directly with their audience during the Game Festival.

"I'm excited to share that [The] Game Festival will return this summer on Steam [,]" Mr. Keighley stated in a tweet. Now, the festival is returning on the day E3 was originally scheduled to start. For 48-hours, players could try limited-time demos of games including System Shock and SkateBird.

It should be noted that this will be the third time that this event is taking place within the space of a year. The only negative to the event is that it's now locked towards the PC sector, althouh Keighley followed up on his tweets by saying that "the festival will also expand to more platforms". Last month, the festival returned with a "Spring Edition". We'll know once it begins on June 9. There should be games to play and sales to take advantage of. I'm sure that numerous games that were supposed to be revealed during E3 2020 will make an appearance as demos.

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